Upcoming Events

Katherine Hayhoe, Director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech

Talking Climate: Why Facts are not Enough

Tuesday, March 26, 2019, 7:30 pm
Fine Arts Auditorium, FA015, IU Bloomington 

Dr. Hayhoe, an atmospheric scientist at Texas Tech University, is known for her work on regional climate impacts and for sharing her research with faith-based communities. Join Dr. Hayhoe as she explores pathways to productive discussion about climate change: moving past the smokescreens to address the real objections and beginning conversations with values we share, rather than facts we may disagree on. The talk is free and open to the public. We hope you are able to join us for this incredible opportunity to hear her speak!


Environmental Resilience Institute Fellow Speaker Series with Dr. Ryan Gunderson 

Limits to Technological Solutions: Why Mitigation Also Requires Social Change

Thursday, March 28, 2019, 4:00 - 5:30 pm
Social Science Research Commons, Woodburn Hall 200, IU Bloomington Campus

There are paradoxes and risks associated with technological approaches to addressing climate change. Renewable energy development may increase total energy use and increases in efficiency are associated with increases in total resource use. Geoengineering comes with environmental and social risks. Along with explaining the political-economic reasons for the limitations of “techno-fixes,” this talk proposes concrete social changes that reduce carbon emissions and increase social wellbeing while better realizing the environmental gains of renewables.


Hoosier Resilience Index - IU Campus Feedback Session

Tuesday, April 2, 2019, 9:00 - 11:00 am
Wright Education Building, Room 1220, IU Bloomington Campus

The Institute invites IU faculty, staff and students to a working session on the Hoosier Resilience Index, a tool being developed to help local governments in Indiana prepare their communities for climate change impacts.

After a brief overview presentation on the current draft, the Institute will facilitate a working session on the effectiveness of actions that can be taken to reduce the impacts of changes in precipitation, increasing temperatures, and their downstream effects.

Coffee, tea, and snacks will be provided. 


Environmental Resilience Institute Fellow Speaker Series with Dr. G. Phillip Robertson

Sustainable Cellulosic Biofuels: Potential Contributions to Climate Resilience 

Thursday, April 4, 2019, 10:00 - 11:00 am 
Hodge Hall, Room 2075, IU Bloomington Campus

Cellulosic bioenergy is central to almost all IPCC mitigation scenarios that keep the global temperature rise to 1.5 °C by century’s end. Yet the environmental risks are considerable: the delivery of climate, biodiversity, pollution abatement, and water use benefits are not guaranteed and depend on a large available land base, an understanding of tradeoffs, and making wise policy choices. New empirical evidence shows how systems and landscapes could be designed to deliver more of what we want and minimize the potential for future regret. Notwithstanding, bioenergy’s promise depends fundamentally on harmonizing the food-fuel-conservation landscape, a significant ecological and social challenge.


The Media School Speaker Series: James Balog

James Balog is a visionary photographer whose work extends far beyond the camera to the international stage, where he educates audiences about humans’ relationship with the environment. There will be two events focusing on his films.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Buskirk-Chumley Theatre, 114 E Kirkwood Ave, Bloomington, IN 

Balog founded the Earth Vision Institute in 2012 with the mission of “integrating art and science to reveal environmental change and inspire a balanced relationship with nature.” Balog’s latest major project with the institute is “The Human Element,” a documentary about human interaction with earth, air, fire and water. The film will be shown at 7:30 p.m. April 9 at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater after the public lecture and a reception.

Wednesday April 10, 2019, 5:30 pm 
The Media School's Franklin Commons, IU Bloomington Campus 

In 2007, Balog founded the Extreme Ice Survey, which placed more than 40 cameras on two dozen glaciers to capture time-lapse images of climate-induced change. The work of the survey was captured in the Emmy Award-winning documentary “Chasing Ice,” which will be screened at 5:30 p.m. April 10 in The Media School’s Franklin Hall commons.


IU Day

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 

This IU Day, the Environmental Resilience Institute is raising awareness of biodiversity research in Indiana, because resilience is more than the capacity to handle today’s events. It’s also about being prepared for what tomorrow brings. 

We are currently seeking funding to cover expenses such as:

  • field equipment 
  • stipends for student researchers 
  • improved technology and lab equipment 
  • outreach materials 
  • wildlife tracking equipment 
  • increased aviary capacity 
  • general education and outreach

One project currently underway is ERI’s collaboration with the Kent Farm Research Station (KFRS).  This was established to provide research and education opportunities that advance knowledge to help protect the billions of migratory animals that offer local and global ecosystem services and ecological engagement. 

The research station is also home to the Kent Farm Banding Station (KFBS) which hosts students and community members for various bird banding activities, including the MAPS (Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship) program. KFBS is located 7 miles east of the IUB campus and is housed in a repurposed facility on a 90-acre forested property belonging to the IU Research and Teaching Preserve. The proximity to IUB and Bloomington make it accessible to students at IU and Monroe County Community Schools and to community members of all ages.

Your tax-deductible gift to ERI can help Indiana University students and researchers offer solutions to environmental change.  Please consider giving! The crowdsourced funding page will be posted in late March.


Live Studio Audience Debut of Indiana Matters 

Monday, April 15, 2019 
Radio & TV Center, 1229 E 7th Street, Bloomington, IN 

Indiana Matters, a series of one-hour public television specials, will bring the expertise of IU faculty and others to the public, showcasing important work being done to address issues concerning all Hoosiers. The first episode, focusing on environmental change, will be recorded on Monday, April 15, 2019 at 6:00 pm in WTIU's Studio 6

The live discussion will be hosted by former longtime WTHR anchor Bruce Kopp and will feature questions submitted by the public. The episode will broadcast and premiere on the web April 25, 2019.

Doors open at 5:00 pm for a pretaping reception. Members of the studio audience must be seated promptly by 6:00 pm.

To RSVP email Seating is extremely limited so RSVP today to reserve your seat!


Environmental and Sustainability Service Day

Friday, April 26, 2019, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Meet in Dunn Meadow at 2pm

IU's Environmental and Sustainability Service Day will engage environmental and sustainability-minded students in diverse service projects across campus, and serve as a campus-wide Earth Week celebration. As part of the event, the Environmental Resilience Institute seeks volunteer to help convert its front lawn (717 E 8th St, Bloomington) to a no-mow, native plant oasis. Volunteers will be taught about the no-mow planting process, and will help with the first step. Specifc tasks will include tacking down cardboard and removing existing non-native plants. To participate, meet at Dunn Meadow on the IU Bloomington campus at 2pm, and you will be escorted to the Institute's front lawn.


Webinar: The Hoosier Resilience Index Under Development - An Opportunity to Provide Feedback 

Thursday, May 2, 2019, 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Register Here

The Environmental Resilience Institute invites local governments and members of the general public to attend a webinar on the development of the Hoosier Resilience Index, a tool that will enable counties, cities, and towns in Indiana to understand how increasing temperatures, precipitation, and flooding will affect their individual communities, and what they can do to prepare. The webinar will include a presentation of the draft index and an opportunity for participants to ask questions and provide feedback. The Hoosier Resilience Index is intended to be launched in fall 2019. The webinar is free to attend, but registration is required


Talk about your work to non-experts: An interactive workshop on effective research communication

Friday, May 17, 2019, 8:30 am - 3:15 pm
Indiana Memorial Union, Georgian Room, IU Bloomington Campus

How do you explain what you do to a neighbor, or legislator, or prospective donor? What's the best way to use social media professionally? What are your key messages when the media calls?

You'll get answers at "Talking about your work to non-experts," an interactive, informative workshop offering skills, tools, and resources to help you expand your communication about your work.

The event is free but registration is required.
More information, and the detailed schedule, is available on the IU Research website.


2019 Environmental Resilience Institute Symposium 

Friday, September 20, 2019

Join us for a series of presentations about ongoing research and accomplishments that help prepare Indiana for environmental change. There will be talks from the Institute's fellows, steering committee, affiliated researchers and staff.

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